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Identifying difficult vocabulary


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Last updated 11 April 2013 20:39 by NZTecAdmin

Identifying the potentially difficult vocabulary in a text you plan to use with learners is useful because:

• It allows you to pre-teach difficult vocabulary

• It will increase the learners ability to read and understand the text

• It allows you to deliver additional content regarding key concepts

The examples below illustrate a simple syllable-count guideline for identifying potentially difficult words.

An example from the building industry

The text below might occur in the learning materials for a building apprentice.

Use the 3-syllable guideline to identify potentially difficult vocabulary in the building code paragraph, then click the play button below. Are these the words you identified?

Of course, not all long words will be unfamiliar to your readers, and some words with fewer than 3 syllables may be unfamiliar. But the 3-syllable guideline is a starting place for identifying tricky vocabulary.

An example from the Automotive industry

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Key literacy outcomes

Identifying difficult vocabulary in course and industry reading materials (knowing the demands), is the first step towards implementing embedded learning activities that will help develop learners' decoding and vocabulary-building strategies.

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